Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
This interesting breed was imported from the island of Sicily over 100 years ago and is another member of the Mediterranean class. It has attracted wide-spread interest over the country because of its unique beauty. The golden color and cup-shaped comb are the basis for the very descriptive name. The comb is a cupshaped crown with a complete circle of medium sized regular points. The male and female do not look alike in coloring. The males are a rich, brilliant orange red with some black spangles in the feather of the body fluff and cape feathers at the base of the hackle; with lustrous, greenish black tail. The base color of the female is buff with all feathers on the body marked by parallel rows of black elongated spangles, giving the hen an appearance of being beautifully spotted and suggesting a ringneck pheasant hen. Skin color is yellow and shanks and toes are a willow green. Because of its unusual appearance the Buttercup is an excellent breed for exhibition projects.
As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
Customer Product Reviews
We love our Buttercup! We got her as a chick last April and she started laying eggs right at 6 months. They are meduim to small sized and white, and she lays very consistently. Thank you Murray Mcmurray Hatchery!
I was highly impressed with my Buttercups. They are a spectacular chicken. They don't lay too many eggs though. Although in the show ring they are OUTSTANDING! I had an incident with my dog tearing out some of my rooster's tail feathers a week before show. I was devastated. I still took him and out of over 20 other pairs he got 5th place. The judge told me that these were the best Buttercups he had ever seen. I was thrilled! Thanks Murray McMurray Hatchery!
Buttercups make great pets. I have one really small (not young but small) Sicilian Buttercup hen along with several Orpingtons. I had to remove my Buttercup from the rest of the flock, as the other birds kept attacking her, almost to the point of killing her. I'm assuming because she is such a different breed. After spending a lot of time with me nursing her wounds she eventually not only learned her name and comes to it, she also follows me around the backyard like a dog. Whenever I call, she follows. It's too cute. I had nowhere to keep her after removing her from the coop so now I just keep her in my house with me in a special 'house' I made for her. She calls for me whenever she needs a water or food refill and likes to watch t.v. I'll ask her what she needs, and she'll peck at whichever dish, food or water. She's learned how to beg for treats too, a bad but cute habit. I've learned that Buttercups are smart chickens. She goes with me wherever I go now and stays right by my side. Wonderful birds that love to be spoiled. :)
What great birds! When they first arrived they were so cute with their little black faces, and they were the most inquisitive of the bunch. As they grew it was easy to see that they were very intelligent and personable. Now 8 month old birds, they lay eggs unfailingly and still are as fun as ever! Thank you Murray McMurray! - Amanda
Thank you once again. This is our second batch of chicks we have ordered from you in year, and can't be any happier! Our girls we got last year gave us our first brown egg the day they turned 4 months old. We are loving them all so much! Thank you again Alice & Rob Fey (Happy Hens Eggs)
I received 1 female and 1 male Buttercup last spring, and a female this spring. The 2 females both love to fly on my arm when I'm in the pen. The male Buttercup is the prettiest rooster I have ever seen and he has a beautiful crow that is lovely to listen to. -Thanks
We have several breeds of chickens that we keep free-range and the Buttercups are one of our favorites! They are very friendly and love to fly up and sit on your arm or shoulder whenever they see you. Excellent flyers. For chickens and while eggs are a small-to-medium size, they are very reliable layers. Great chickens as pets or for first time owners of chickens!
I had some Buttercups in my home flock, and mine seemed very laid back. They are a beautiful breed.
I have purchased several varieties and I can say without reservation that Buttercups are my favorite!!! They are friendly, fun and inquisitive. They always try to sit on my shoulder when I am cleaning and feeding!
I loved the Buttercup pullets that came in my Ornamental Layer collection. They are fairly calm, with big, brown eyes and are great little layers. Confirmation, leg color, and combs are close to perfect.